Lyric Stage presented THE NEW MOON in Concert, January 21-24, 2016.
Performances were in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, Texas.
The production featured the 35 piece Lyric Stage Orchestra under the baton of music director Jay Dias. Andy Baldwin made his Lyric Stage directorial debut with THE NEW MOON’s 44 person cast.
THE NEW MOON
A Romantic Musical Comedy
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab
Music by Sigmund Romberg
THE NEW MOON was composer Sigmund Romberg’s third hit in a row and the last of the great Broadway comic operettas. The original Broadway production ran for 519 performances at the Imperial Theatre (September 19, 1928-December 14, 1929). The Desert Song (1924), Student Prince (1925), The New Moon; no other composer produced three in a row like this, of such quality and with such success. Perhaps The New Moon is his most impressive. Lyric Stage’s production will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for North Texas audiences to hear this glorious score sung by an ensemble of incredible singers accompanied by the 35 piece Lyric Stage Orchestra. “Lover, Come Back to Me,” “One Kiss,” and the rousing “Stout-Hearted Men” are three of the hit songs from Romberg’s greatest score.
Christopher J. Deaton and Kristen Lassiter, stars of Lyric Stage’s THE DESERT SONG and THE GOLDEN APPLE, returned to Lyric Stage as star-crossed lovers Robert and Marianne. The cast also featured Ellie Hertel, Kyle Coughlin, Daron Cockerell, Ryan Appleby, James Williams, Sonny Franks, Kasey Yeargain with Ben Phillips, Cristina María Castro, Neil Rogers, Scott Sutton, Taylor Quick, Russell Batchelor, Sarah Comley Caldwell, Brendon Gallagher, Julie Rhodes, Parker Fitzgerald, Kelly Silverthorn, Susan Metzger, John Wenzel, Jacie Hood Wenzel, Justin A. Duncan, Jillian Paige, Hunter Lewis, Katreeva Phillips, Benjamin Stidham, Rachael Blizzard, Jonathan McInnis, Jocelyn Hansen, Jonathan Hardin, Madeline Metzger, Jeremiah Johnson, Rachel Ratcliff, Daniel Bouchard, Emily Hagens, Colin Phillips, Jessica Peterson, J. Anthony Holmes, Samantha Whitbeck, Matt Beutner, Caroline Ellis and Chapman Blake.